Report of One Day Workshop on ‘‘Social Work Education In India: Emerging Trends and Challenges’
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Social Work, Morane, Dhule celebrated a one day national conference on ‘Social Work Education In India: Emerging Trends and Challenges’ on 23rd August 2017. About 128 participants including professors, Ph.D. Scholars, NGO representatives and students participated in the conference.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. N. K. Thakare, the first Vice – Chancellor of the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra. Prof. Vilas Wagh, Secretary, Samata Shikshan Sanstha, Pune presided over the session. Also present on the occasion were Hon. Uttam Kamble, Editor of Sakal Newspaper, Nasik; Prof. Ambadas Mohite Founder President of MASWE, Maharastra. Dr S.I. Kumbhar, Dean of Social Science faculty, Bharti Vidyapith, Pune, Dr. Jalindar Adsule, Principal, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Social Work, Morane, Dhule.
At the onset of the Conference, Dr. Jalindar Adsule welcomed all the dignitaries and participants and set the tone for the day. He emphasized the need to re-visit the social work education and the importance of a code of conduct for professional social workers. He also spoke about the contradictions and lack of uniformity in the professional social work education across different colleges within Maharashtra as also in different states. Prof. Ambadas Mohite delivered the keynote address. He emphasized on the need for updating and upgrading the syllabus, so that it shall be indigenous and contextual to the realities of the Indian situation and problems. He strongly advocated for taking up useful programs like seminars, conferences, workshops etc. for the improvement in the syllabus. He further emphasized that social workers should follow the social work ethics and values in both professional and personal life. He said that the social work teachers need to look at their role seriously because they are role models for the students. Hon. Uttam Kamble spoke about the impact of globalization and the new challenges it has created on society. He said that today’s education has no relevance to the ground realities and does not equip the social work profession to face the social challenges. Teachers themselves are not well equipped and well read to give information and initiate discussions. There is an urgent need for the teachers to upgrade themselves as well as the syllabus.
Prof. Vilas Wagh, while delivering the presidential address stressed on the fact that field work was the most important component of social work education. It is extremely important that the faculty should visit the field regularly and see to it that the students in the course of their field work make some contribution and make a difference wherever they are placed.
The inaugural session ended by a formal vote of thanks that was proposed by Dr. Suvarna Barde, Convener of the Conference.
The Conference included three technical sessions. In the first session Dr. P. M. Vasave presented the findings of a research study conducted by him on ‘Social economic profile and motivation perspectives of students coming for social work education in North Maharashtra Region. This session was chaired by prof. Vilas Wagh. The second session was on ‘Social work education in India’. Dr. Ram Baheti, College of Social Work, Aurangabad spoke on ‘Responses and challenges of social work education’, Dr. S.I. Kumbhar focused on ‘Challenges in social work research’ and Prof. Bahadur Singh Vasava, Veer Narmad University, Surat, Gujarat talked about ‘Innovation in field work’. Prof. V.R.Gunjal, Chairman, BOS, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon chaired this session. In the third session, though several participants wanted to present their papers, due to time constraints only five papers were presented. The session was chaired by. Prof. Vilas Deshmukh, Pricipal, College of Social Work, Nashik.
The Conference concluded by a valedictory function. Prof. Hemalata Kulkarni, Principal College of Social Work, Aurangabad; Dr. S.N. Desai, Principal, Pankaj Mahavidhalaya, Chopda, Prof. Usha Wagh, Member, Samata Shikshan Sanstha, Pune were the guests of honour for this function. Conference highlights were presented by Dr. Suvarna Barde and Dr. S.S. Pagare proposed the formal vote of thanks.